November 9 “Does salvation + time + knowledge = spiritual maturity?”

books clock time knowledgeDoes salvation + time + knowledge = spiritual maturity? If not, what does it take?

Today’s Readings:
Ezekiel 9 & 10
Psalm 121.1-8
Proverbs 28.16
Hebrews 5.1-14

 

Ezekiel 9 & 10:

Marked by God

Even as God prepared to bring His judgment on the people, He commanded an angel to go out and put a mark on every person who loved and worshipped Him and who grieved over the spiritual condition of the nation, just as He did before the death angel passed over in Egypt.

The same is true today. All those who belong to Him, those who are born again by the Spirit of God, have His mark. Ephesians 1.13-14:

13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.

There will be a day of judgment for everyone. But sadly, there are many who look good on the outside, but because they don’t have a genuine relationship with the Lord are not sealed with the Holy Spirit. Matthew 7.21-23:

21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’”

Our church’s founding pastor, John Morgan, once said he believed the church is one of the greatest mission fields. Coming to church, leaving behind some things like drinking and foul language, perhaps even getting involved and hanging around Christians can appease the conscience without any real heart change. As Paul warned some of the Corinthians:

“Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified” (2 Cor. 13.5).

And the psalmist prayed:

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
24 And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.

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May 30 “Knowledge without wisdom”

Only the Spirit of God can provide the ability to apply even the best of knowledge and information. But the good news is: the wisdom we need is ours for the asking!

wisdom

Today’s Readings:
1 Kings 7 & 8
Psalm 68.28-35
Proverbs 17.16-17
John 11.1-29

1 Kings 7 & 8:

The last days

The description of the temple is beautiful and amazing to me. Many believe that, even now, preparations are being made to rebuild it, which Scripture tells us will happen as part of the events of the last days. At that time the Jews will resume temple worship.

What an exciting time in which we live. It’s quite possible that our generation will see the return of Jesus for His church (the Rapture) and certainly are, even now, seeing many of the events leading up to that time (Matt. 24.36). Continue reading